The geological history of the Palatinate region in Germany spans millions of years. With the tectonic evolution of the Alps putting significant strain on the earth’s crust, the resulting Rhine Graben (rift) explains today’s unprecedented geological diversity here in the area.
Over millions of years, the climate became increasingly wet. Branches of the salty Tethys Ocean advancing all the way into the Palatinate region were responsible for the emergence of algae colonies at the bottom of the Rhine rift.
Limestone reefs formed elevations jutting out of the hilly landscape. Through the millennia, lime slurry and silty clay sediments finally established the landscape we call home today.
The atmospheric qualities that manifest themselves through the weather and climate play just as prominent a role as mediators between heaven and earth.
Orientation, slope, sun exposure, water absorption quality of the soil and the valley sections of the Palatinate Forest (Pfälzerwald) account for very subtle microclimatic variances. The thermal winds from the slopes oxygenate our vines and maintain their delicate acid balance, even with advanced maturity.